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Women's Basketball Battles Roadrunners
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/21/2013

This Week: The Aggies look to continue their win streak with a week off from conference play and welcome CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Pan American center at 4 p.m. This is the final time the Aggies meet the Roadrunners as non-conference opponents as CSUB is joining the WAC next season.

Potential Milestone: With a win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, NM State will make its 600th victory in program history. With the current 11-14 record, the Aggies sit at 599-538 all-time.

Tickets: Tickets are $6 for Adults and as always, kids 12 and under are FREE. A group rate of $4 is available. Call the NM State ticket office at 575-646-1420.

Over the Airwaves: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available through KSNM. All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.

Aggies on TV: NM State continues to provide live coverage on AggieVision, ESPN3.com and your local cable and TV networks with the next broadcast on Saturday, March 2 against the Denver Pioneers. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Check AggieVision.TV for channel listings.

The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play.

The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.

Live Stats on the Web: Live stats will be available for fans at www.NMStateSports.com at no cost for the entire season. Fans can click on the Live Events link at the top of the NMStateSports.com home page to access the live stats. Live stats for away games may direct fans to the opposing team's athletics page.

Getting Social: Get all the updates of Aggie Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. Get in-game statistics and in-game updates on Twitter @NMStateAggies. Find out about all Aggie Athletics promotions and events on Facebook (NMSU Athletics and The Aggie Student-Athlete).

THE LOOKS

Looking Ahead: NM State closes out its home schedule against Denver on March 2, as the last of the Aggies four-game home stand. The teams met early in February in Denver, where the Aggies fell 67-58 to the Pioneers.

Looking Back: NM State snapped a two-game win streak with a 90-70 win over SJSU on Thursday for the most points for the Aggies this season. The team came back two days later with its first 100-point win in 21 years. Each of the two games has five Aggies scoring in double figures, a mark that had not been met since the 2010-11 season. Sophomore Danesia Williamson dominated on the court with a career-high 10 assists in each game while tallying 19 and 23 points, respectively for two consecutive double-doubles. Her 23-point game in the win over conference leader, Utah State, matched her career-best as an Aggie. Williamson's help in the a 90-70 win over SJSU and a 106-94 win over first place Utah State snapped NM State's nine-game losing streak. In the Aggies' record win over USU, senior Stefanie Gilbreath earned a career-best 27 points and worked for 11 rebounds.

AGGIE COUNTRY

About the Aggies: NM State snapped its nine-game losing skid with a 90-70 win over San Jose State on Thursday, Feb. 14. The Aggies came back for a season-high 106-94 win over WAC leader, Utah State. The Aggies' 100-point game was the first in the program since 1992. NM State sits on an 11-14 record with a 5-10 WAC record going into the non-conference battle. NM State is led by Stefanie Gilbreath, who averages 16.7 points per game, good for third in the conference overall through WAC games. Sophomore Danesia Williamson was the league's most recent WAC Player of the Week as she had a pair of double-double with a career-high matching 23 points in the win over USU.

Avg ppg: 60.4; FG%: 34.6; Scoring Leader: Stefanie Gilbreath - 16.7 ppg; Rebound leader: Kelsie Rozendaal - 7.3 rpg; Top Freshman: Sasha Weber - 8.9 ppg; 3.4 rpg; 33.6 FG%; 44 asst.; Streak: W2

Road to Vegas: NM State is on a two-game winning streak that includes a 21-year high 106 points in the win over WAC leader, Utah State, and moves to a 5-10 record in conference play. Going into the week, NM State sits eighth in the WAC with a .440 winning percentage on the season and .333 in league play.

Weekly Standouts

WAC Player of the Week: Danesia Williamson: Sophomore Danesia Williamson dominated on the court with a career-high 10 assists in each game while tallying 19 and 23 points, respectively for two consecutive double-doubles. Her 23-point game in the win over conference leader, Utah State, matched her career-best as an Aggie. Williamson's help in the a 90-70 win over SJSU and a 106-94 win over first place Utah State snapped NM State's nine-game losing streak She went 6-11 from the floor in Thursday's win and 4-7 from behind the three-point line. She was a stellar 17-19 at the line on the week and notched her 15th game scoring in double figures. The two games also mark Williamson's eighth game with 15 or more points for the Aggies. She continues to lead the team in assists with 83 and moves her season average to 12.1 points per game.

Numbers in the WAC:

  • Aggies rank second in the WAC conference for scoring defense with an average of 62.9 points per game.
  • Aggie fans love to support their women's basketball team with an attendance average of 993 per game.
  • NM State's Stefanie Gilbreath ranks 3rd in the WAC for 18.7 points per game slightly following Ta' Rea Cunnigan and Diamond Ford.
  • Kelsie Rozendaal ranks 4th in the WAC conference for offensive rebounds with a 3.79 average per game along with Camila Rosen who ranks 8th with an average of 2.80.

Small Margins: The Aggies four losses between 1/10-1/19 were decided by a combined 15 points.

Double Doubles: Seniors Kelsie Rozendaal and Stefanie Gilbreath as well as freshman Sasha Weber have each collected double-doubles this season.

Gilbreath: 15 pts, 10 reb; UTA, 12/29

Gilbreath: 21 pts, 11 reb; Idaho, 1/12

Gilbreath: 13 pts, 11 reb; at SJSU 1/19

Gilbreath: 27 pts, 11 reb; Utah State 2/16

Rozendaal: 22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount, 11/12

Rozendaal: 11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State, 1/5

Rozendaal: 13 pts, 11 reb; at Denver, 1/26

Rozendaal: 11 pts, 10 reb. SJSU 2/14

Rozendaal: 14 pts, 12 reb; Utah State 2/16

Weber: 11 pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5

Williamson: 19 pts, 10 asst; SJSU 2/14

Williamson: 23 pts, 10 asst; Utah State 2/16

It's a Three-Point Game: The Aggies have started 12 games with a three pointer this season.

vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (D. Williamson)

vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)

vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)

at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (S. Gilbreath)

vs. UT Arlington L, 62-59 (Abby Scott)

vs. LA Tech W, 71-67 (Abby Scott)

at UTSA W, 69-52 (Abby Scott)

at Texas State W, 61-58 (S. Gilbreath)

at Utah State L, 65-63 (Sasha Weber)

at SJSU L, 51-50 (Gilbreath)

vs. UTSA L, 66-53 (Scott)

at Seattle L, 78-62 (Rozendaal)

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

About CSU Bakersfield: Coached by Greg McCall, the Roadrunners started the 2012-13 season 2-15 before sparking a nine-game winning streak in the new year. The 'Runners have lost just one game in 2013 and are led by Amber Williams with an average of 14.5 points a game. Janae Coffee is tops on defense with 8.9 boards a game. CSUB sees an often changing starting five, with just one player, Tyonna Outland starting in every game.

Series History versus the Roadrunners: Saturday is the first meeting between the two schools, but the first of many. CSUB joins the WAC in the fall of 2013.

Trakh-ing Down No. 300: Coach Trakh picked up his 300th career win as a Division I head coach on Saturday, Dec. 1, against Southern Utah. The Aggies pulled off a last minute 70-68 defeat over the Thunderbirds, helping Trakh to earn the milestone victory. Trakh holds a 306-225 career record.

Rivalry Rundown

UNM: The Lobos swept the Rio Grande Rivalry Series this season with a 60-37 win over the Aggies at The Pit on Nov. 20 and a 60-44 victory in Las Cruces on Dec. 18. In game one, the Aggies had trouble making shots, but kept the stats similar to the Lobos. The Aggies collected 44 rebounds on the evening with six assists and two blocks. The Lobos were quite similar to NM State with 43 boards, but tallied 16 assists on the evening. Game two finished in similar fashion with the Lobos claiming a 60-44 victory over NM State at the Pan Am on Dec. 18. The loss at home marked the first of the 2012-13 season. Sasha Weber led the Aggies with 10 points and three rebounds on the evening. The Aggies shot 30.4 percent from the floor but tallied eight steals as a team with 27 rebounds. Those stats were not enough to hold off the Lobos who finished the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field and picking up 42 rebounds on the night.

UTEP: NM State took game one of the Battle of I-10 rivalry series with a late game battle to a 69-68 win over the Miners. UTEP maintained the lead throughout most of the game, gaining as much as a 15 point lead in the first half, but Stefanie Gilbreath finished her first Battle of I-10 game with a stellar 22 points to collect a regular-season career high. She went 5-for-8 on three pointers and picking up eight rebounds to match her career-high. Sophomore Danesia Williamson also picked up a career-high with 23 points on the game with a solid 10-of-12 at the line. Game two was set to a different tune with the Miners running away early with the 66- 44 win over NM State in El Paso. The Aggies struggled on offense, scoring just 14 points in the first half of play. The second half was a bit more positive as Williamson collected 13 points in the half with two field goals and one three pointer. She was 6-for- 6 at the line with four rebounds. Jasmine Rutledge finished the game with 11 points on the evening and compiled nine points at the line to mark a new career best for the junior.

Tournament Champs: The New Mexico State Aggies claimed the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic tournament title with a stellar 50-44 win over UC Irvine on Saturday evening at the Pan American Center. The previous night, the Aggies claimed a 55-52 win over the Patriots of George Mason. With the 2-0 record on the tournament, NM State's Kelsie Rozendaal and Sasha Weber were named to the All-Tournament team. Rozendaal was also selected tournament MVP for her work on the hardwood.

Trakh Signs Five to NLI: Head coach Mark Trakh announces that five high school players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies in the fall of 2013. Trakh is in his second season with NM State and has led the Aggies to a 1-0 start to the 2012-13 season. Joining the Aggies in 2013 are Tamera Williams of Centennial High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brianna Freeman of Harker Heights High School (Killeen, Texas), Vanessa Garner of Archbishop Mitty High School (Milpitas, Calif.), Moriah Mack of Reagan High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Brandee Walton of St. Mary's High School (Phoenix, Az.)

Last Season: Under the helm of first-year head coach, Mark Trakh, the Aggies finished the 2011-12 season with a 6-24 overall season record. This left NM State with a 3-11 Western Athletic Conference record. The Aggies made an appearance at the WAC Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. (3/7). The Aggies were seeded eighth in the tournament but were quickly booted out by No. 1 66-58 State. Senior guard Tabitha Wampler was the most recent Aggie to join the 1,000 Point Club with a career 1,254 points (2008-12). She joins former teammates Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence along with Aggie great Anita Maxwell (2,601) and Andrea Kabwasa (1,788). Another highlight for the Aggies in 2011-12 was coach Trakh coaching his 500th game of his career as a Division I head coach. In his 17th year on the sidelines, the floor general notched the milestone against Hawai'i in Las Cruces Feb. 16.

Historical Season:

-- The 2012-13 season marks the 40th season of Aggie women's basketball. The first season was 1973-74.

-- This season also marks 25 years since the Aggies last NCAA tournament appearance. The 1987-88 team was the last in program history to receive an NCAA berth.



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